Derby caretaker manager Chris Powell praised his players for their spirit during an unsettling week at the club.

Chris Powell happy to take four points from a testing week at Derby

Chris Powell happy to take four points from a testing week at Derby

Derby, again without manager Nigel Pearson, followed up a 2-0 victory at Cardiff on Tuesday night with a 1-1 draw at Reading.

Pearson remains suspended at the club and Powell said: "All things considered, four points from two away games is very good.

"It's been a good week for us in light of what has gone on.

"Yes, it's been a turbulent week. But I will give the players all the credit in the world for how they've responded.

"We've got around the players, we've cajoled them, we've kept their spirits up. Their morale has been first class.

"Today, they showed there's a real togetherness, especially in the second half. We dominated it, created chances and deservedly went in front but just couldn't see it through."

Powell is no wiser to the managerial situation at Derby.

"I've had no indications from the chairman about my future," he said. "My future was take the game on Tuesday and then prepare for today. And that was it.

"Now we have an international break. I'm sure the club will decide what way to go in the next week or two."

Derby offered little going forward in a low-key first half from both sides.

The best chance fell to Reading's Yann Kermorgant, who sent a free header from Garath McCleary's corner straight at goalkeeper Scott Carson.

Derby upped the tempo after the break and deservedly went ahead in the 62nd minute.

Cyrus Christie's free kick was deflected into the path of former Reading loanee Matej Vydra, who jabbed home past Ali Al Habsi.

It was Vydra's second goal for the club since his B£8million move from Watford during the summer.

Reading's search for the equaliser was rewarded in the last minute, when George Evans bundled home his first goal for the club after Roy Beerens' corner had caused chaos in the Derby area.

"I was happy with a point at the end," Reading manager Jaap Stam said. "We knew that we would have to be patient and we were patient.

"After going 1-0 down, it was very difficult to get back into the game because we knew Derby would be dropping back even more and waiting for the counter-attack to score a second goal. We had to be aware of that

"Eventually we scored the equaliser, which I think we deserved. I was happy with that. We've shown before that we can come back.

"We're making good progress, I'm sure of that. It's not easy to build a team in three months, to the point when you're knowing and doing everything the right way.

"When you build in a certain way, you have to have time to work with your team to improve it."

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